Keep Up with AC Maintenance and Leave Big Utility Bills Behind
Heating and cooling your home typically accounts for up to one-half of your total energy usage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Therefore, it’s smart to keep your air conditioning system operating efficiently with the following proactive care.
Change the Filters
Your AC filters sift out the dust and particulates as air passes through. When the filters become clogged, your equipment must work harder to circulate the air, so it uses more energy.
Merely replacing clogged filters with clean ones can improve the unit’s efficiency and lower the system’s energy usage up to 15 percent, according to the Department of Energy. If you know where your filters are located, and the correct size and type to buy, you should change them at least every couple of months. See your unit’s instructions for details. If you need assistance, our maintenance pros can help.
Keep the Coils Clean
Air conditioners have two types of coils: the evaporator coil on the indoor unit and the condenser coil on the outside unit. Both collect dust and debris over time, even with spotless filters in place.
A coating of dust impedes the airflow through the system, requiring more energy to cool your home. Dust also acts as an insulating layer, making it more difficult for the evaporator coil to absorb heat from the air. Regular cleaning clears away the problem.
The outdoor condenser coil is even more prone to buildup because it is exposed to the wind and weather. Falling foliage from nearby plants will also clog it up. Heavier fallout can bend the condenser fins, further reducing the efficiency of your AC system.
We can help prevent damage to your coils and straighten out bent fins. Upon request, we will also winterize your outdoor unit each year.
Clear the Drainage System
Warm air contains moisture that your AC deals with effectively when you keep it well maintained. However, when the pan or drain line becomes clogged, the unit doesn’t work right. The cooled air may retain too much moisture, which eventually creates rust and stains. It also promotes the growth of mold and mildew inside the air conditioning system, and spores enter your home with the cooled air. Our maintenance pros routinely check your drainage system to keep it open and operational.
Schedule a Tune Up Today
Your air conditioner is designed for years of use but it will last longer and work more efficiently with regular maintenance. For the best possible performance, opt for our AC maintenance program. Save on energy bills and keep cool in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts by scheduling a 16-point System Tune-Up with Dupuis Oil today.